A SHOT At Good Health

April 01, 2016

How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start.


or, How Diabetes Changed My Life

A CAUTIONARY TALE OF MY BRUSH WITH MORTALITY

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Graphic working title, isn't it? Although it pales in comparison to my doctor's grim diagnosis as she handed me the results of my annual medical checkup. There was no way to sugarcoat (very funny, Jasiminne) it - I am dangerously overweight and on the brink of developing Type 2 Diabetes
It may seem implausible that a UK12 weighing 78kg, 5'6" tall could be considered obese. But the fact remains is that I'm not British. British averages don't apply to me so to measure myself against a foreign standard, as I have done for so long, is at best ignorant, at worst, reckless. What I am is Malaysian of Chinese ethnicity, so as far as geographic genetics go I am Southeast or East Asian. Disregard opinion that many Orientals look underweight and worryingly delicate. Instead, look at science: the fact is we measure BMI differently than our Western friendsa BMI of 23 is overweight compared to the Western standard of 25. Asians are at higher risk of diabetes, making up 60% of the world's diabetic population. Asians over the age of 25 dance with the diabetic devil - a whooping 15 years earlier than Caucasians
What, Why, When, and How? 
I am supposed to be slim. Not 'full-figured', not 'plus-sized', not 'with a lil' extra to love' - but slender, full stop. Let's be realistic: I'll never be a waif, I'm just not designed for that - I'm a good three or more inches taller than the typical Chink and I've sported heaving D cups since I was 14 (hello, boys!). But there's absolutely no excuse for me to be the size I am, not when at my slimmest I wore a UK6/8 and boasted a waistline of 24". Granted, that was 10 years ago but still, how did I let myself gain 18kg plus 2-3 dress sizes?

How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start.
WHEN I WAS A NOT-UNREASONABLE UK10. GOOD TIMES.

I could accept the weight gain as a side effect of being in a happy, committed relationship or pin the blame solely on the fact that I'm not 18 anymore. The latter is definitely a factor for my changed shape but since I'm being honest - my lifestyle and diet isn't doing me any favours either: one to three takeaways a day, a mostly sedentary job (unless you count throwing shapes for this blog), and putting up my feet in Prius-shaped chariots. How very Jabba The Hutt. 
How now, brown cow?
Confronted with the very real threat of becoming diabetic (with an exacerbated chance of cardiovascular disease - lovely!), I've decided that it's time to stop making excuses. No more hiding behind well-tailored clothes nor deluding myself that I'm 'curvy'. Fat is killing me - that's that. A month ago I set myself a goal to slim down to my optimal weight of 60kg from my then-weight of 78.3kg by this July. That's a targeted weight loss of 18kg in 18 weeks, which may seem excessive but honestly, seeing as I've been losing about one kilogram a week (I'm down to 74kg now!) this goal of mine seems achievable. I'm aiming to fit in my old UK8 dresses - or buy new ones to reward my efforts *cough* - and regain the 34-24-34 figure of my early 20s. 
To these lofty aims (or should it be lean aims?) a lifestyle change is in place. Uber taxis are only for when I'm packing weight, otherwise I'll take the Tube (the station stairs are fantastic for cardio) on the way to appointments then walk home after. My daily takeaways have been reduced to once a week, on 'cheat day'. Unless I'm reviewing a restaurant or treating myself to a meal out, I cook delicious low-calorie meals. All of this is logged religiously on the My Fitness Pal app on my phone, as is my weight every morning, so I can keep track of my progress. It's incredibly encouraging not to mention informative to have a log of my calorie intake, nutritional values, and activity levels. I'm also considering a Fitbit Alta - in blush pink, naturally!
How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start.
 BREAKFAST, LUNCH, & DINNER: WHAT I TYPICALLY EAT EVERYDAY.
UNTIL I REACH MY TARGET WEIGHT, I TRY TO CONSUME 1200 CALS A DAY.
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How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start. 
A little gem of a restaurant - SHOT - has just opened in the 
city, promising colourful, clean, nutritious & delicious food 
and drink that you can trust. Natural, organic, unprocessed
these are just 3 of SHOT's 10 Promises plus, transparency - 
there are 'recipe cards' for you to take should you wish to 
recreate a dish, or simply to know exactly what goes into 
your meal (including the nutritional values - perfect for 
calorie counters on the go!)

How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start.
How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start.
How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start.
How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start.
How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start.
How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start.

I adore the clean and uncluttered design of the restaurant (how cute are those cups of coffee beans built into the tiled walls?) and their graphics, plus little touches like the chilli plant centrepieces for a fresh garnish to a meal. The food has subtance to match SHOT's style - the kale & cucumber juice is a delicious and convenient breakfast, and the baked quinoa fishcake salad is absolutely scrumptious. The only room for improvement I can think of is that SHOT needs to get on Deliveroo, stat, so that I have a guilt-free takeaway option for lazy days. 
On that wholesome note, I'd like to urge everyone not to take your health for granted. Even if you look relatively healthy, like I do, any bad habits you may have will catch up with you sooner or later - slim or fat, your body harbours the effects of your lifestyle and diet which will come back to bite you in the arse, because life is a bitch. I'm lucky that I have the chance to prevent what would've been a lifelong disease and I'm grateful for it. Please, look after your bodies and be the best and healthiest version of yourself!

I WAS INVITED TO REVIEW THE MENU AT THE LAUNCH OF SHOT 
PHOTOS 5, 6, & 7 COURTESY OF SHOT

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